For a political party that has long wrapped itself in the cloak of ethical behavior and religious morality, they have abandoned all moral authority in order to defend the indefensible actions of the President.
By David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, November 12, 2019
As of October 9, 2019, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker reported that President Trump had made 13,435 false or misleading claims in 993 days. That’s an average of 14 lies per day, every day, for nearly three years.
The bough has certainly broken for the Republican Party as they scramble to defend a toddler President who is so dishonest, that it takes a team of people at a media outlet, to keep track of his lies. But now it looks like the baby is falling.
For a party that pretended for so long to be steeped in the moral authority of Christianity, their easy willingness to abandon all pretense of morality, let alone ethical action, shows what the party has become. Even old guard Republicans who might have put on a more of a show for effect, than actually ascribed to any particular faith tradition, are understandably appalled, simply on the grounds of social etiquette. It has to be a quite a shock to be defending the boorish behavior of a con man from Queens that is willing to do any thing at any time in order to feed his ego and line his pockets. There was a time when being a Congressman was considered a high office with respect and prestige. Now it’s a clown car.
Politicians of both parties have always shown lapses of judgment and questionable ethical decision making over the course of our history, whether it be sexual promiscuity or shady business dealings. I supposed it comes with the intoxication of power and money; being surrounded by sycophants that assure you that you can do no wrong. We don’t excuse it, even if we aren’t surprised by it any more. But politicians used to be bound by shame, and Trump blew all that up. They have fallen in behind the liar in chief and taken up his call to arms. Hold the line no matter what.
Beyond mere political strategy, the Republicans have crossed over into more uncharted territory where they are now arguing that no matter what the President did, they will defend him as having done nothing wrong. According to reporting by the New York Times, “A memo circulated by House Republicans laid out their strategy for defending President Trump: Say he did nothing wrong and attack bureaucrats questioning his conduct.”
This is purely partisan politics of course, and maybe even understandable from a political strategy, but what is striking is that they don’t even have a solid legal foundation for their argument. They’re just going to argue that he didn’t do anything wrong. That he is well within his rights, since they are apparently boundless, to do as he pleases as President of the United States. They are literally going to go with the Fifth Avenue standard of law. The idea that Trump could shoot a man in public on Fifth Avenue and would not only fail to lose any support with voters, but that he could not be prosecuted.
When you talk about dangerous precedent, I can’t think of anything more dangerous moving forward, regardless of the party in power. We are suggesting that there is no longer a rule of law in America. That the Executive Branch has supreme power that cannot be checked by either other brand of government. We are asking for authoritarianism and barbarous government rule.
What’s ironic is that for eight years, Republicans stomped and screamed about government overreach due Obama’s executive orders, that he was trampling on the Constitution, that the deficit was going to destroy America and that the President was soft on our enemies.
I don’t even know what the Republican Party stands for anymore, at least not from a political ideological standpoint. I guess they stand for winning elections, guns, low taxes, deregulation, unfettered capitalism, white nationalism, protectionism, the end of free trade, and isolationism.
They don’t seem to be for a free press, the rule of law, the Constitution, equal powers of government, checks and balances, a balanced budget, free trade, immigration, clean water or air, or safe food.
Mostly, it would appear, that they stand for a spray-tanned, reality tv “star” who was mostly known for being a failed real estate tycoon, a petty grifter, a serial predator, philanderer and a braggart.
Not exactly Ronald Reagan or Billy Graham.